Wenger declares 'The team is back on track'

Last updated : 01 January 2003 By Chris Parry
The Manager had this to say after the game:

"It was a tough game but we have shown a fantastic spirit and togetherness. We needed to dig deep again to win the game but, once again, this team found the resources, even if you could see that we were jaded physically after two big games in four days on a muddy pitch.

"We won the game mentally as we really wanted to do it. I like to win games like that when you're tired as it's a great sign of the spirit of the players. These are not just great players but they are winners. They are back focused on the championship. They really want it and are really committed to it.

"One of the most important things in a season is to beat your main rivals at home. We didn't beat Liverpool but we kept them nine points behind and it was more important to beat Chelsea.

"I'm very confident. We know we can win the title but we want to find consistency back. In my opinion, the team is back on track, focused and ready for consistency again."